Anyone who uses a wheelchair will need home flooring that is slip-resistant, offers good traction and can hold up to plenty of wear and tear. Thankfully, there are a number of flooring options that fit these specifications. Following is an overview of the three particularly good types of flooring for wheelchair users from the team at Floor Coverings International Spring Branch.
Some hardwood flooring species, such as maple, hickory and cherry, can hold up to a lot of wear and tear, especially if the flooring is factory-finished instead of finished on-site. These and other woods with a high Janka hardwood rating are not easily damaged and can be refinished multiple times to restore a room’s natural beauty. Other advantages of textured hardwood are that it is not slippery and offers great traction. If you intend to sell the home at a later date, hardwood flooring can enable you to raise your sale price and sell the home faster than would have otherwise been possible.
Hardwood is typically available in planks of various shapes and sizes. It comes in colors ranging from light brown to black. It is ideal for almost any room of the house; however, it is usually not the best option for the kitchen or bathroom as water can damage the hardwood, causing it to warp and split.
Ceramic floor tiles can be ideal if the tiles meet certain specifications. First of all, they should not be glossy, as glossy tiles are slippery and could cause an accident. Furthermore, the best tile size for wheelchair users is 2 square inches. Tiles larger than this may crack from the weight of the wheelchair. Using tiles that are smaller than 2 square inches requires the use of a lot of grout, making the floor difficult to clean.
Ceramic tiles are available in numerous colors, making it easy to find the color scheme that looks best in any home. These tiles are easy to clean and impervious to water damage, making them a good option for bathrooms, kitchens and a home basement that is susceptible to leaks or flooding.
Rubber may not be the most popular flooring choice for many homeowners but it does have a lot going for it. Solid rubber flooring can last for up to twenty years with proper care and offers plenty of traction. What is more, the fact that it is not as hard as hardwood and ceramic can protect wheelchair users from injury should an accident occur. This flooring is also water-resistant, making it a good choice for a bathroom, kitchen or even an outdoor porch.
While rubber flooring isn’t available in as many patterns and colors as tile flooring, there are plenty of great options to pick from. Choose textured rubber flooring as opposed to smooth flooring that may become slippery when wet. Synthetic rubber is usually more stain-resistant than natural rubber, so keep this in mind when installing flooring in the kitchen, living room or other areas where spills may occur regularly.
Choosing the right type of flooring is imperative if you or someone in your home uses a wheelchair. If you aren’t sure which flooring type would be the best option for you personally, get in touch with Floor Coverings International Spring Branch and and we’ll come to you with our mobile showroom. Seeing and even feeling flooring in person can help you choose flooring that will look good in your home, make it easy for everyone to get around, and last for many years without extensive maintenance and upkeep.
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